This week at BCS continued to be an emotional one – joyful and celebratory as it relates to our learning and student-involved conferences and deeply sad with another passing of someone near and dear to our great community. It is with great sadness that I write to you today to share that former BCS art teacher, Jerry Melton passed away this morning after a yearlong battle with cancer. On a dedicated Facebook Page, Jerry’s son wrote this morning, “Our father, Jerry Melton, passed peacefully this morning after a valiant, yearlong battle with cancer. He knew of and treasured all of the well wishes, remembrances, and prayers from his friends and former students. The family cannot fully express just how much it has meant to us and to him. Thank you to everyone who made this wonderful man’s life such a joyous adventure. Details will follow soon.”
Jerry retired from BCS last school year. He quite literally built the innovative art room at BCS and spent 20 years of enhancing it providing a one-of-a-kind learning experience for the students he served. He also spent close to 50 years teaching in the Birmingham District in total. The impact Jerry Melton had teaching art as science and science as art in his incredible studio classroom reached every 3-8 grade student at BCS for those 20 years – positively impacting over 12,000 students from just BCS alone! While we will mourn this loss as a BCS community, we were privileged to have known him, work with him and learn from him. He was a brilliant educator and a gentle man – might I call him legendJerry? He will be greatly missed!
While visitation and funeral arrangement have yet to be made, I will keep you updated on those as they become available for those of you who knew Jerry. In the meantime, feel free to join Mr. Melton’s Art Appreciation page on Facebook to read and share about the legacy Jerry leaves.
It is indeed heartening to be part of a community that takes great care of each other in both joyful times and in times of grief. We value our BCS 3E’s – Education, Environment and, more than ever right now, EACH OTHER! I know we all will keep the Melton family in our thoughts and prayers.